New York, NY (PRWEB) May 5, 2006
The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) and Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) recently announced that three community partnerships will receive small grants and technical support to convene local donors, grantmakers, and nonprofit leaders to discuss issues affecting Black and Latino communities across the country. Dialogues in Chicago, Denver, and Atlanta are scheduled to begin in the summer of 2006 and occur throughout 2007. ABFE and HIP expect to announce grant support for additional communities next year.
These convenings are part of the ABFE/HIP Initiative – a recently launched, multi-year project of ABFE and HIP that seeks to raise awareness about the role that philanthropy can play in targeting resources to high-priority issues disproportionately affecting Blacks and Latinos in the United States. Ricardo Millet, ABFE board member and member of the HIP Leadership Council, agrees with the new direction of the initiative. “Strategically, it makes sense to focus our efforts and resources on the local level. This is where the relationship between philanthropy and our communities is strongest.”
The local conversations will be led by:
- Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy (CAAIP) and Latinos United to convene the Chicago philanthropic community, policy advocates, activists, and community leaders in a series of community-wide discussions around issues of common concern to Black and Latino communities in the Chicago metropolitan area.
- Colorado ABFE/HIP Collaborative Project to develop strategies for building viable, self-sustaining, diverse and/or inclusive organizations that serve Black, Latino, and other underrepresented communities in the metropolitan Denver area.
- Southeastern Network of African Americans in Philanthropy (SNAAP!) to build philanthropic leadership and strengthen emerging philanthropy in Black and Latino communities of metropolitan Atlanta, and throughout Georgia and the Southeast.
Supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the ABFE/HIP Initiative also includes joint strategic planning among ABFE and HIP members to identify opportunities to work together and a series of community-based research publications on issues relevant to Black and Latino communities where philanthropy could have a critical impact.
ABFE is the first affinity group of the Council on Foundations. ABFE’s mission is to promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities. Since 1971, ABFE has promoted sustainable philanthropy in Black communities and encouraged Black leadership and participation within organized philanthropy. For more information on ABFE, visit http://www.abfe.org.
Founded in 1983 to promote stronger partnerships between organized philanthropy and Latino communities, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) is a transnational network of grantmakers, with more than 450 members representing corporate, public and private philanthropies. HIP’s mission is to serve as a catalyst to increase resources for the Latino and Latin American civil sector, as well as to increase Latino participation and leadership throughout philanthropy. For more information on HIP, visit http://www.hiponline.org.
For more information, contact:
Director of Programs and Administration
Association of Black Foundation Executives
Phone: (212) 982-6925